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Lisbeth (Sword Art Online) Cosplay by Gellert-Grindelwald
Lisbeth (Sword Art Online) Cosplay
This is my Libeth cosplay that I wore last month to Anime Central. It's also the first costume I made using a pattern. D:. (Warning, a bit of a rant about the process ahead)
I HATE patterns. They just don't run big enough, and even though they're supposed to make things easier, they don't. Their numbers don't match a person of the size they state perfectly, so they need to be adjusted. Which takes FOREVER. And try not being able to find the patterns that go up past size 18, for some reason. .__.;. It's like everyone bought up all the bigger patterns, or something. Anyway, having to work off a pattern that only went up to size 16 was super difficult. D:. It took me about a month or so to size the damn thing up. And that was just the start. I made the bodice successfully, but then due to not having a sleeve pattern (I wanted princess seams, and a super cheap pattern had them AND a detachable collar, so I thought I'd use it anyway, and figure out sleeves), I had to make my own sleeve pattern and caps. I made the caps following a drawing, and other than sizing, they weren't too hard. Or so I thought. Upon attaching them to the bodice, I realized that the bodice was too wide at the shoulders. I then had to alter it, using advice from a cosplay.com member. Then it came time to attaching the rest of the sleeve. Since I didn't have a pattern, I had to craft my own. I tried making one using a tutorial, but ultimately got sick of it, and just traced the sleeves of a shirt I owned.
I then made the collar (patternless again, because the one that came with the pattern wasn't working for me), which honestly wasn't that hard once it was explained to me on cosplay.com. I just traced around one, and sized it to fit my cosplay, and followed a youtube tutorial to get it right. Then came the white... thing (is there a word for it?) on the front. It came out well, at first. Only to realize it wasn't long enough, or something. I had to make another one, which just annoyed the heck of me some more. D:. By the way, even though it doesn't look like it, the white part is long enough. It comes down under my chest when I stand, as it should. It just moved for some reason when I did this pose.
 The cuffs were easy, so I'll skip that.
And this was just the first half. The second was equally as frustrating.
I think it was at this point that I just decided I'd buy pre-gathered lace. It wasn't a special shape or anything, so I figured it'd be OK.

When it came time to make the skirt, I found out that the pattern that I bought was the right shape, but would never EVER had worked due to it being a circle skirt and circle skirts being finicky with the way they're upsized. D:. So I had to find a tutorial for that, and even then, it took awhile to find one that just directly offered numbers. I made my first mockup, and found it worked perfectly. But then found out pleats require like double the material, so it was back to the drawing board. >_<;.
I was then able to make the apron, which was actually pretty easy. I had started it slightly before I made the skirt (I ran out of red, so I did that in the meantime), and finished it only about a week ahead of time. This was the only time where the pattern worked as it was supposed to. >_<;.
The bow was absolutely last, and was super easy. The brooch in the middle was made with sculpy and a gem from a pack of gems I bought online.
I styled the wig about a day before the con. I couldn't get those flippy ends on her hair no matter what I did (without exposing the mesh), so I just did what I could and tried to make it as close as I could. I couldn't buy the premade one either (my head is WAY too big for the premade ones..), so I just had to do what I could.
The boots I bought first, and had to wait like 2 months for them. And they were too tight when I got them. .__.;. Size 12 shoes are usually wide enough without wide width, so I just ordered regular size. And the numbers they gave insinuated they should have BEEN wide enough, but they weren't. I tried stretching them using shoe stretchers, and it helped. But when I put them on, they hurt big time. D:. They were STILL too tight. By the end of the con, my toes were numb. I was afraid I'd killed them for good. Luckily, I didn't. I'm now looking and hoping someone else puts shoes up like this on Ebay or something, because if I cosplay her again, I do NOT want to deal with that.
I did the arrows last. They are there, they just can't be seen. And I think I may have missed a set, or something. Some pictures show two sets on each sleeve, and some show one. I'm not sure which it is. >_<;. And it looked as if they were in the middle of the sleeve as opposed to the front, so that's how I did it. I don't know why the front of them can't be seen, as I did sew them where they were supposed to go. D:.
The last thing I did was the mace, which was completed the day before the con. Yay. You can't see it here, but that's what I'm holding.

Anyway, regardless of complaints, I am SUPER proud of this. I made it myself, and it looks and fits as it should. It looks distorted due to the pose here (the right side looks baggy here, and the white part on the chest looks short, but they aren't. I swear! >_<;.), but it isn't, really. It came out as best as it could, given the fact the only other thing I made were some pumpkin pants, and an altered shirt.
Oh.. and forgive the red thing around my boot. It was like 9 pm Saturday night, and that thing just wouldn't stay up anymore. I have to fix it for the next time I wear it. ^^;.
I just hope now that I know how to do it, that the next one I make goes a lot more smoothly.
Oh.. and if you have my picture from ACen, PLEASE show me. I want to know how they came out. They have to be better than this, where I have a weird expression. >_<;
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Mahou Shoujo Angelic Buster! by Gellert-Grindelwald
Mahou Shoujo Angelic Buster!
This is what I've been working on since December, lol. Through looking up how people get those smooth lines in Fire Alpaca, I've discovered the watercolor brush and am loving the effects. Though I may do another one like the Christmas pic if I want something with that look again, though.
Anyway, this is the WIP version, although it's close to completion. (I want to reshade some things, and I need to complete the background). The idea came from the fact Angelic Buster is a parody of magical girls in the first place. I wanted to create a manga cover based on the idea of Angelic Buster actually being the 'regular' magical girl, since AB has a lot of the tropes associated with magical girls. I decided just to use the love interest, the love rival, the second love interest, and... well, there are some manga where the villain is also a love interest (and Magnus DOES hit on Angelic Buster, so..), so I included Magnus as a possibility as well.
I left Eskalade out of this because.. well, it'd be hard to place him. ^^;.
Anyway, I think it's coming along well. I've also toyed with the idea of making an actual doujinshi based on this idea, but I'm not sure if I will or not. I'm kinda lazy lol. ^^;. I even have who she'd go with in mind..
Though I'm not sure how it'd happen. Hint: It's not Kyle. I don't like Kyle x Tear as a pairing, personally. Kyle's a jerk to her as a kid, then when he grows up, he treats her as if she's useless and only moral support. NO THANKS. D:. Angelic Buster is supposed to defeat bad guys and be a hero. Not some pop idol princess like he seems to want her to be. It'd definitely be Magnus x AB or Velderoth x AB. The game doesn't do anything with this, but I hate the canon so bad in this case. D:.
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Mahou Shoujo Angelic Buster -- WIP by Gellert-Grindelwald
Mahou Shoujo Angelic Buster -- WIP
This is what I've been working on since December, lol. Through looking up how people get those smooth lines in Fire Alpaca, I've discovered the watercolor brush and am loving the effects. Though I may do another one like the Christmas pic if I want something with that look again, though.
Anyway, this is the WIP version, although it's close to completion. (I want to reshade some things, and I need to complete the background). The idea came from the fact Angelic Buster is a parody of magical girls in the first place. I wanted to create a manga cover based on the idea of Angelic Buster actually being the 'regular' magical girl, since AB has a lot of the tropes associated with magical girls. I decided just to use the love interest, the love rival, the second love interest, and... well, there are some manga where the villain is also a love interest (and Magnus DOES hit on Angelic Buster, so..), so I included Magnus as a possibility as well.
I left Eskalade out of this because.. well, it'd be hard to place him. ^^;.
Anyway, I think it's coming along well. I've also toyed with the idea of making an actual doujinshi based on this idea, but I'm not sure if I will or not. I'm kinda lazy lol. ^^;. I even have who she'd go with in mind..
Though I'm not sure how it'd happen. Hint: It's not Kyle. I don't like Kyle x Tear as a pairing, personally. Kyle's a jerk to her as a kid, then when he grows up, he treats her as if she's useless and only moral support. NO THANKS. D:. Angelic Buster is supposed to defeat bad guys and be a hero. Not some pop idol princess like he seems to want her to be. It'd definitely be Magnus x AB or Velderoth x AB. The game doesn't do anything with this, but I hate the canon so bad in this case. D:.
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I finally posted something that's not just a forum request. :). It took me forever to do, but I finally finished the Luka pic I had been working on. It took me forever because GIMP was initially refusing to behave. It originally kept crashing. And even when I could get it to work, it wasn't coming out how my older pics did. It just didn't look very good. Within the last month, I finally discovered the airbrush, and realized it was exactly what I had wanted. :).
Other than that, I have one more pic I'm working on. It's MapleStory related again, and is only a few months old. Unlike the Luka one.. >_<;.
There is one more I kind of like that I may scan (the art's old now, so I won't color it), but that's all. I've been really busy with forum requests and asks lately, so I haven't had time (and honestly, inspiration) for anything else. D:. I need to draw something else, but I don't have anything in mind. It's been like this for months. >_<;. I got one more big idea, then nothing. It's really annoying. Maybe I'll do something else Maple related (perhaps expand upon a sketch I did that I never posted here), dunno. I've been into Fate/Stay Night and Sword Art Online lately too, so maybe I'll do some Fate/Stay or SAO art. And there's almost no Pandora Hearts art of Lily, so that's a possibility too. Or maybe something original..
Anyway, I'm back now. For now, anyway. :). I do have one more pic to post (one regular, anyway. I also have some forum requests to post), but that'll be done another day.

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My ask blogs (MapleStory related):

Ask Neinheart
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Ask Black Mage Commander Will
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Ask Francis the Genius Puppeteer
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  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Nothing
  • Reading: Blue Exorcist volume 8
  • Watching: Skip Beat
  • Playing: MapleStory
  • Eating: Nothing.
  • Drinking: Water

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Gellert-Grindelwald
Filia Ryuuza
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
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Hi. :). I'm Filia Ryuuza, aka Reine Schelmisch/Elise Grimwald (it depends on the site). I've been drawing since I was 8 years old, but only started trying to learn using How-to books when I was 15. I still feel that I have a long way to go, however. ^^;. And it's been 10 years since I began drawing seriously. I joined Deviantart on July 4th, 2003 (on my old account), and have loved it here ever since. In addition to drawing, I make wallpapers occasionally. However, I can't post them here. :(.
As for influences on my art.. I don't particularly emulate one artist. I've tried to make a style that's my own. I do, however, really enjoy the works of Ken Akamatsu, Cocoa Fujiwara, Mayumi Azuma, Aoi Mizuki, Studio R.R.O.C. (I loved their Harry Potter doujinshi), Yuna Kagesaki, Arina Tanemura, Yana Toboso, Hiromi, Kara, and Yuzu Mizutani.
In addition to drawing, I also enjoy writing fiction. I'm working on a novel titled "Moonlit Night". It's REALLY slow going for me, though. I also write and draw my own webcomic, which can be seen either on here, or on the website below. I also enjoy video games, particularly RPGs. I also love anime and manga, and am a HUGE fan of the Harry Potter series (as can be seen by my username. XD.).
I'm going to leave some of my old profile info, as well. Thanks for reading this, and I hope that you enjoy my art.

Old profile info that I think is relevant:
Favourite genre of music: Alternative, Rock, Soft Rock, Pop (to an extent), Japanese music such as Vocaloid music
Favourite style of art: Anime, Soft celled CG, painted
Shell of choice: Magic Conch. XD
Favourite cartoon/anime/game character: Gaav, Fate Averruncus, Klaus(Nya), Asuna Kagurazaka, Jeanne, Lemina Ausa, The Warden, Brian Griffin, Yuki Cross (As Cross, not Kuran), Megurine Luka (does she count?), Makoto Sawatari, Neinheart, Fang the Sniper, Grell Sutcliff, Ciel Phantomhive, Alice (Pandora Hearts), Vaughn (Harvest Moon), Pierre (Harvest Moon)
Personal Quote: "For the Greater Good"
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:iconkiraonthenetz:
KiraOnTheNetz Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Thanks so much for the watch! :la:
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forsakenkikyo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Halo, I see you posted on the ACen forum about getting a MapleStory cosplay gathering? I've ben wanting to cosplay my maple Dark Knight gurl for years now~ i think im gonna do it this year. I've got alot of work to do x.x I also have ben going to Acen for years now ^.~
We need to somehow spread the word to our fellow maplers~
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Gellert-Grindelwald Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would be awesome if you did. :). I love seeing MapleStory cosplays. It's really a shame they're so rare. >_<;. Fortunately, you still have quite a bit of time to make it. Fortunately for me, too. ^^;. I only have a few of the things I need for my cosplay. :(.
And that's great to hear. :). I've been going for years too (this will be my 11th year). :). And yes. We do. XD. I would love for the gathering to become a reality. There's only been one other to my knowledge, and that wasn't at ACen. We need to remedy that. XD. I've already made a post about it on Tumblr, and have already gotten one other person that would be interested. Maybe a post on the main MapleStory forum or one of the fansites would work? I'll see what the rules are regarding that on those forums, and post there.
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OgieDoggie Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Since you are a fan of PLEASE (Onegai) TEACHER please stop by and Check out my pics of Please (Onegai) Teacher 10th Anniversary Celebration at Lake Kizaki in Japan summer of 2012 - Enjoy!

I have also written a 140 page screenplay called PLEASE TWINS II The Sequel which is also in my gallery.
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Dragonstar78 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
thanks for the watch =)
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gwydion1982 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank YOUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!
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Molnja Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student
thanks for the watch
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Hachiimi Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch back~ You're so awesome :iconkissingplz:
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Kaorith Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the fav :hug:
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SapphireShine Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist
Happy Birthday! :D
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